Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest AleSmall Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 290
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Domingo on 08-15-2011

A hearty brown ale brewed to celebrate the fall harvest season. Brewed with a hint of spice and a touch of molasses, Small Patch has a malty backbone rounded out by an addition of real pumpkin to the mash and brew kettle.
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Photo of soulfly1492
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Worty! Dark roasty malts.

Appearance: Pours a very thick light brown head. Very difficult to see through. Very little head. What head there was dissipated quickly. Tiny bubbles. Moderate lacing.

Flavor: Worty pumpkin, very sweet, a tad roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A bit on the dry side. Little carbonation.

Overall: Interesting. Definitely worth a try. This is totally my style though. Delicious fresh worty taste, some pumpkin and great mouthfeel. Mostly sweet, yet not overly so, nice and mild bitterness element. (531 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pumpkin and spices with some faint sweet molasses as well.

T- The taste is malt up front like a brown ale with some spices coming through. 

M- The mouhfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this pumpkin. It is not bad, but not something I would purchase again. (407 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Easily the darkest pumpkin beer I've ever seen. Probably due to the molasses. A deep and dark amber color with a thin creamy tan head that leaves some nice curtains of lace.

Sweet and kind of vegetal smelling. Getting some brown sugar and cinnamon if I dig deep enough.

The taste is quite different for the style. Getting some pumpkin up front, but it is quickly engulfed by roasty malt, subtle molasses and spice. More closely resembles a porter. Actually tastes a bit like Summit's Pumpkin Imperial Porter, but less flavorful.

I think it's a little under-carbonated, but not too badly. Very dry and quite smooth.

I like the attempt at something different in a pumpkin beer here. It's not the greatest example, but it is different and I enjoyed it for what it is. (769 characters)

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a transparent dark amber. It has a cream colored head that quickly dissolves into a thin lace.

There's some pumpkin and a bit of spice (nutmeg?) in the smell. A few bready malts but this beer doesn't a have big nose.

It tastes pretty good. It's got a lot of sweet malts with the pumpkin resting firmly in the background. It reminds me a lot of a Scottish ale with some pumpkins added for flavor. The pumpkin and nutmeg really come out in the aftertaste.

It's a pretty thin ale, lightly carbonated and not leggy.

It's not a very pumpkinny pumpkin beer. It's a quality product but nothing that I'll be rushing back to. (652 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a dark brown with just one finger of off white head.

S – Clove, honey, pumpkin, molasses and nutmeg. Nice smell.

T – Starts out with a nice roasty flavor. A mild pumpkin comes next with all the spices you would expect. Nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Not a powerful taste of pumpkin but pleasant. Still has a nice brown ale flavor. Sweet but not cloying. Finsihes with just a mild bitterness.

M – Medium bodied with medium to light carbonation. Fairly creamy feel.

O – Solid offering here for those that don’t want over the top pumpkin. Easy drinker as the alcohol is no where to be found. (671 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark brown color (surprising for a pumpkin); reddish chestnut up to the light. Poured a 2 finger beige head that dissipated to a broken skim. Laced the class in intermittent, wavy rings.

S: Toasted malts; sweet, burnt caramel and toast. Cooked pumpkin followed by mild allspice.

T: Same toasty character as the nose. Molasses or with a light burned character. Mild spiciness builds in the finish with a lingering sweetness.

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate carbonation. Sweet and spicy with a building spicy finish.

O: More malt character than the normal pumpkin beers. Nice balance of sweet and spice. (616 characters)

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle picked up at Joe Canals in Lawrenceville NJ...was happy to find this new Pumpkin!

A - looks good, decent but small head, minimal lacing on my glass; very dark and impressive

S - smells of your usual pumpkin spices, and some molasses sweetness comes through, some bready caramel smells too

T - I like it, tastes good, goes down easily...some malt, little hops, and nice balance of spices...low ABV means it goes down easily!

MF - good feel in the mouth, not too over-powering, with either the pumpkin spices of molasses sweetness, nicely done

O - overall, I like this new one from TommyKnocker; nothing crazy or overpowering, just a good solid rep of the basic pumpkin ale style....I will enjoy the rest of the six pack! (737 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best By: Dec 19 11.

Appearance: Pours a dark, brown-amber body with a moderately-sized, faint beige head. It certainly doesn't look like your usual pumpkin ale.

Smell: Light roastiness, then some toasted pumpkin meat followed by a sniff of sweetish caramel and a little pinch of earthen spices.

Taste: Lightly roasty flavor, with an inclusion of sweetish molasses and cocoa. A small bit of sweetish dark caramel as it warms. Paltry portion of vegetal pumpkin tones within, mostly masked by the other flavors. Medium level of spiciness, which essentially closes out the taste with a gentle finish and final hint of molasses flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Stands out among the usual pumpkin brews but is not a standout pumpkin ale. (837 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small Batch Pumpkin pours a nice deep brown in the glass, a little translucent around the edges but with a meager tan head that dissipates very quickly and leaving little lacing.

The aroma has a nice blend of roasted chocolate malts, spices like allspice and cinnamon and a touch of actual pumpkin.

The flavor is of a mild brown ale with a touch of molasses and the roasted chocolate malts. Pumpkin does make an appearance with it's mild winter squash flavor and the pumpkin pie spices were added sparingly which is better than being liberal with them. There is a touch of sourness on the finish and hop bitterness is very low but a somewhat harsh grainy bitterness builds as it warms.

The mouthfeel is light, smooth and refreshing without being watery but is a bit under carbonated which lends it a somewhat flat feel.

Overall this is a nice ale, it needs some work I feel in the body and carbonation and it could perhaps use a bit richer malt flavor profile. Still, as a refreshing brown ale with a pumpkin and molasses twist it's worth trying. (1,050 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a nice shade of brown with some amber highlights in it. half a finger of head settles to an off white ring rather quickly. not any lacing to talk about. smell is spicy. pick up allspice, nutmeg,cinnamon, molasses, touch of chocolate and lots of malty sweetness. taste is well blended and balanced. not overly sweet and the spices are softer on the tongue than the nose. has a good smooth creamy mouthfeel. a good addition to anyones list of fall beers. as it warms the spices bring out the bitterness in it, which has a very low presence while drinking chilled. (571 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tommyknocker has jumped into the world of pumpkin ales for the first time in 2011. Unlike many which are pale or amber ales, this one is using a brown ale base and molasses.
Pours a bronze to brown color. A bit fizzy with a head sheen that dissipates pretty fast. Not much lacing going on here, although I can't think of too many spiced beers that do.
Those nose is a nice mix of a pumpkin spiced ale (allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg) with a surprisingly perceivable brown ale base. Not bad at all.
Tommyknocker beers tend to usually lean in the sweeter direction, so this one was a bit of a shocker. Yes, it's fairly sweet and spiced, but not overly so. The brown ale holds its own in the flavor department and the cinnamon and allspice never really go out of control. For what you might expect, I'd say it's milder and more balanced than most. I appreciate that the first thing on the palate is a mild chocolate and the spices don't take over everything immediately.
The only real downside is that as it warms, you can get some rough edges that leave an unwelcome husky bitterness. When served cool, it's pretty tasty, though.
Not a bad pumpkin, and I appreciate that it's different from most of the other cookie cutter variations.
I tend to be one of the people that like the style and I'll certainly add this to my seasonal rotation. (1,341 characters)

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Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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